Start Something New for the New Year

This Picture was taken in the city of Dallas By David Burton.

I believe there are so many great ways one can earn an income from home.  However, it is a learning curve you will have to endure.  What are you good at?  What are your strengths? What are your passions?  I was out and about today and stopped at the store and asked the cashier what is your hobby or what are you passionate about?  To my surprise, she was only able to rattle off, she enjoys reading in her spare time.  There is nothing wrong with that.  In fact, I enjoy reading a great deal.

In this day and time, you have to have more than one stream of income to live comfortably. I said more than one stream of income, I didn’t say you have to have two to five jobs.  You just need to know how to earn money in more ways than one.  Over the years I relied heavily on my previous skills and it has served me well.  As time passes you have to assess your skills, learn to adapt and update your skills to be competitive in the marketplace.

I want to share with you my take.  But before I do, I want to ask you a question first.  Are you working for someone else helping to build their dreams or do you work for yourself?  If you love what you do, then more power to you and I wish you all the best. 

If you work for someone and really would appreciate the opportunity to call the shots in the years to come?  Or, do you want to be in charge of the income you earn?  Here is my take.  In order to be successful, and I am using that term successful loosely. One must constantly learn and grow as a person as well as their skills.  Why? Because what may have worked years ago will not work as well now.  For example; Newspapers, radio, billboards, and believe it or not, business cards are a form of advertising thing of the past.

We are in the world of digitality and the internet is the new real estate that governs a great deal of how the world interacts today. Why not own a piece of that real estate and let it earn money for you? If purchase a building and charge rent to the tenants you essentially earn money while you sleep.  If you own a website that provides a service, products, such as books, clothing, or education, etc. 

You can earn money while you sleep.  There are so many ways to earn money but you have to believe in what you are doing and bring value to the marketplace.  That is easily said than done.  I for one have tried many times and failed. 

You want to know the great thing about life?  If you don’t produce the results you are seeking.  Dust yourself off and try a different method until you find a way or an idea that does works.  I use to sell clothes for five years, I cut hair for eight years, I have sold newspapers, I have sold vacuum cleaners and shampooers, only to find that shampooing rugs was more lucrative than selling the equipment. 

I had a computer that stopped working properly and then, stopped powering on.  I bought a book to figure out how to fix my computer and when I fixed the computer.  I turned that into a business and I have been in the computer industry for the past twenty-year plus.  I owned a handy paint business for years and stopped doing that three years ago. 

I have become an insurance agent for the past three years and worked in a help desk compacity for ten plus years as well.  Why tell you all of this?  It’s simple!  Sometimes we do things out of necessity and become good at it.  If you become really good why not earn money for a season or for as long as you can if possible.  I asked you earlier, what are you good at?  Is it something you can provide value with as you earn extra money? 

Then earn money and provide value.  Find your path and make it work.  Most importantly, never give up on what you want to do in life.  If you want to start your own business you can. If you want to go back to school, it’s never too late.  If you are stuck in a dead-end position and don’t think you have a way out, make no mistake, there is a way out. You have to believe in your ability to change for the better and seek out all that is good in life for your self and those around you.

Take a look at my new store I am currently working on.  I have plans for this to grow. I wish to provide positive messages through the clothing line I am developing. I plan on spreading a positive and uplifting message through my writing, clothing line. I would also like some honest critiquing. I have to work on the company’s story and grow the brand. I am not afraid to fail forward until I learn what works. What about you?

Here is my wife’s site

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